Faribault High School

Faribault, Minnesota

The Faribault Senior High School addition and remodeling project doubled the existing building size and nearly surrounded the existing facility to create a 21st-century school. The addition includes a new three-story classroom wing and specialty spaces such as an auditorium, media center and science labs.

The existing building was constructed in a half-level, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$79.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation configuration. The southern portion of the building was approximately six feet lower than the northern portion, and the entire site dropped dramatically down to the west.

The design solution for the west classroom wing addition capitalized on those conditions by using a three-story mass. The middle level was aligned with the higher level of the existing portion of the building. This created more square footage in the new wing on a smaller, sloped site.

The new classroom wing enhances the learning environment by grouping classrooms around a central breakout area and conference room. Special-education spaces were integrated with all classrooms in the new wing.

An auditorium was designed with seating for 710, a full-fly loft and a black-box theater.

The existing cafeteria was underused and outdated; remodeling this space created a warm and welcoming cafeteria/teen center.

Note: Area=137,500 sq. ft. (remodel); 156,500 sq. ft. (new)

Photographer: ©Ralph Berlovitz